News timeline: Attacks on Hürriyet and the aftermath
Daily Hürriyet's headquarters in Istanbul was attacked by pro-Justice and Development Party (AKP) protesters on Sept. 6.
AKP MP Abrurrahim Boynukalın was filmed while delivering a fiery speech in front of Hürriyet amid the violent attack.
After less than 48 hours, the Hürriyet headquarters was attacked by another club-swinging, stone-pelting group.
The attacks triggered a public outcry, as Hürriyet vowed to continue its independent editorial policy in spite of threats.
All suspects who were detained after the attacks targeting the newspaper building were released.
Boynukalın, who was seen in another video while explicitly threatening Hürriyet journalists, was elected to the AKP’s steering committee at the party’s congress on Sept. 12.
Meanwhile, Turkish prosecutors launched an investigation into the Doğan Media Group on Sept. 15 for “terrorist propaganda” by accepting a widely derided front-page story in pro-government tabloid Güneş five days earlier as a criminal denunciation.
Journalists around the world, as well as statesmen and diplomats, urged the Turkish government to stop attacks on Hürriyet and to safeguard freedom of the press, and Boynukalın was excluded on Sept. 18 from the AKP's candidate list for the Nov. 1 election.
Columnist Ahmet Hakan, one of the Hürriyet journalists threatened by Boynukalın, was injured in an assault in front of his home early Oct. 1.
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